encircle

[ en-sur-kuhl ]
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verb (used with object),en·cir·cled, en·cir·cling.
  1. to form a circle around; surround; encompass: to encircle an enemy.

  2. to make a circling movement around; make the circuit of.

Origin of encircle

1
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at en-1, circle

Other words from encircle

  • en·cir·cle·ment, noun
  • un·en·cir·cled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for encircle

encircle

/ (ɪnˈsɜːkəl) /


verb
  1. (tr) to form a circle around; enclose within a circle; surround

Derived forms of encircle

  • encirclement, noun
  • encircling, adjective

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